Jack Kerouac Alley

Between Grant & Columbus Avenues, San Francisco, CA


Jack Kerouac Alley

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2010



Jack Kerouac Alley, formerly Adler Place, connects Grant Avenue in Chinatown, and Columbus Avenue in North Beach.The alley is named after Jack Kerouac, a Beat Generation writer who used to frequent the adjacent Vesuvio's Cafe and the City Lights Bookstore in the 1950s.

City Lights co-founder, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, first presented his idea to transform the trash strewn alleyway into a pedestrian passageway in 1988. The project was finally executed in 2007. The alley is now known for its engraved Western and Chinese writing, including by such writers as John Steinbeck, Maya Angelou, Ferlinghetti, and Kerouac himself.

Update Log 

  • April 8, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 8, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


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